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lisette loves | boost bites

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

protein balls
1 cup of oats
1/ cup of ground almonds
1 tbs almond butter & coconut oil
1 tsp of cinnamon
1 ripe banana
1 tbs chia seeds (soaked in 4 tbs of water)
200g dates
150g nuts/ fruit (I used walnuts, cashews and cranberries)

Having a major sweet-tooth is something I find most annoying when I'm making a concerted effort to eat better. I remember spying some energy balls in whole foods a few weeks back so I did a bit of digging around and came up with a littler recipe. It was incredibly simple, I ground up everything in a blender until a nice soft  consistency. It should be like a thick paste, if it is too soft to roll just pop it in the freezer to firm up before rolling into balls. I covered some in ground almonds and others in seeds to vary the taste and texture a little. They will easily keep in the fridge in a container for a week or two (if they last that long). Let me know if you give them a go?
Love Lisette x

weekend window

Sunday, 19 October 2014

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Good evening my lovelies! I hope you are all having a nice and relaxing Sunday evening - I've had one of the nicest weekends, I was finally reunited with Irish after 2 weeks apart. We had a wander around the V&A museum which turned out to be pretty awesome. We were there for hours and we still only managed about half of it, followed up quickly by an amazing tagine at le comptoir libanais which was incredible! Here's a quick view into my weekend - how was everyone else's?
Love Lisette

thankful thursday

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

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Well folks I am mighty happy that it is Thursday. To me this means just one more day until Friday when I am reunited with a man so wonderfully angular he makes a set square look curvy - I like that. This week has felt so long because I've been waiting for the weekend like it were Christmas so if I'm honest I will be happy when it's done. This week I am thankful for:

New phone:: yes.. I did it. After being stuck in a horrendous contract with EE for 2 years on a 4S I finally picked up a new iPhone - the 6 no less! Yes guys it is pretty big but the camera is just miles better so I'm happy

Mario Kart:: I had my first wii experience last night, I suck. Really, really bad. So bad at Mario Kart that it is almost funny! An all round hilarious night though

Relaxing:: this weekend is the first since I moved that has really just been about relaxing and enjoying living in London. Got to spend lots of time with my best guy friend which was really cool. 

Soup:: Thanks to a supermarket coupon - yeah I'm rock'n'roll - I've been living off free Covent Garden soup all week which has made me feel so autumnal in the evenings.

I hope everyone has had a good week so far and that you have a lot to be thankful for - let me know what you've been thankful for this week, I love hearing your happy little stories!?
Love Lisette x

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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

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Well hello there my lovelies! I hope you are all having a nice start to the week - the weekend seemed to just fly by. My weekend was very relaxing on Sunday, I chilled out and read my new cookery book and I headed to The Hoxton in Holburn with my housemate late Saturday morning. We spent 4 hours eating (amazing eggs benedict and hot chocolate), chatting, reading newspapers and generally just enjoying sitting and watching the world go by. My parents were visiting London and were looking for somewhere to chow down.. so I headed back to the Hoxton a few hours after I left to take them for dinner! Might be my new favourite place, the cocktails look lovely I will definitely be heading back next weekend and taking Irish because I think he would love it there. He was the only thing missing from my weekend.. roll on next Friday. What did you all get up to?
Love Lisette x

walnut and avocado pesto

Sunday, 12 October 2014

walnut and avocado pesto
Ingredients
+ 1 avocado
+ 1 large handful of basil
+ 1 handful of walnuts
+ handful of cherry tomatoes
+ 2 tbs of olive oil (or enough to create a smooth paste)
+ few many twists of pepper

Pair with spaghetti (I used wholemeal) or courgette.




Today I looked out of my kitchen window and saw a rather sorry looking basil plant sitting on my balcony looking neglected. In the spirit of thriftiness I had a look in my larder to see what I could rustle up with this droopy looking plant. This is how my 'healthy' (because it has no parmesan) walnut and avocado pesto was born.
How to:
+ Stick the basil, avocado and nuts in a blender (I used my nutribullet)
+ Add some olive oil and some twists of pepper, I actually avoid cooking with salt but add some here if you're a fan
+ Blend, blend, blend
+ Mix in the pesto with the pasta and add the cherry tomatoes

As you can tell by my super scientific measurements this was a very impromptu meal but aren't those sometimes the best? I hadn't thought to add in the tomatoes until the end but I found that because the pesto was so creamy and nutty it really needed a burst of sweetness. Bon apetit.
Love Lisette x

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thankful thursday

Thursday, 9 October 2014

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I asked Irish to take a photo of what he sees of me (theres about 1ft height difference!)
Good morning folks! Thursday again.. feeling a little bit glum today if I'm honest. Irish has gone away for work so I haven't really spoken to this week (which admittedly isn't that long) but this is the longest I've gone without speaking to him in about 10 months. I stupidly let it get the better of me, I feel snappy and irritable which isn't good so I need to remind myself what I am thankful for.

London:: I'm thankful that I have the opportunity to live in one of the coolest cities in the country - nay - the world.

New cook book:: I picked up an absolutely gorgeous book by Anna Jones A Modern Way to Eat


Woodland walks:: I spent a weekend (as you might've seen in my weekend window) chilling out and wandering around the woods with Irish which was lovely and relaxing.


10 months:: Since January this is the longest period of time I've gone without having a proper chinwag with my favourite person. 

In short, the thing I am most thankful for is that I have someone in my life who I can be completely and utterly my true, nutty, bonkers self with. And when they are away, it feels a bit hollow because I I'm spending my time trying to be a bit more normal than I actually am. These are the weeks when my thankful thursdays are most important to me. Its the weeks you feel the least happy that a thankful thursday is most important. What are you all thankful for?
Love Lisette x

lisette loves | joules

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

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When I walked to the station this morning I was shocked happily surprised by the chill in the air - I love autumn/winter - I literally cannot wait to pile on the scarves and knitwear. I spotted this cosy look over on pinterest (my other love besides a good knit) and rekindled my love of Joules so I took a peek at their unbelievable knitwear. I thought I'd share a few of my favourites with you because I spent so long trawling through their homeware and sale section (with a few cheeky orders) I couldn't help but share. I just hope the scarf is as soft as it look *hearts in eyes emoji*. Where do you guys think is doing great knitwear at the moment?
Love Lisette x

weekend window

Sunday, 5 October 2014

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Good morning lovely people! It's a very early on Monday morning, I've started getting up unnecessarily early during the week (I don't start until 10am) just so that I can make the most of my day. I'm sat in my kitchen with a brew looking back at the photos from my walk in the woods yesterday with Irish - feeling admittedly a little glum because I won't get to see him for two weeks (I feel like a little sad emoji is needed here!) We had the most relaxing weekend back in the shire, it's lovely to be away from the hustle and bustle of the city, I think we are both country bumpkins at heart. We saw many, many adorable dogs, found a little twig teepee and enjoyed the autumnal air - I even gave a little crash course lesson to Irish as he is really getting into this photography lark. I thought I would share some photos with you because it was such a lovely way to spend an afternoon, the photo at the top is my favourite of his.
What did you all get up to at the weekend?
Love Lisette x
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thankful thursday

Thursday, 2 October 2014

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'ello 'ello Thursday - how's it going? I'm feeling good today - it's nearly Friday which means another fun-filled weekend commences at 20:26pm tomorrow!
  In the last 2 weeks the biggest 'trauma' for most first world-ers is the limited stock of the new iPhone, whereas elsewhere in the world there is forced child marriage, war, true poverty, lack of 'democratic' rule and crippling disease. Heavy I know.. but bear with me! To be honest, anyone who watches or reads the news might feel a little like me - like the world is unravelling.. going to pot! It's at times like this we need to brush aside our 'first world problems', give ourselves a shake and remember just how damn lucky most of us are. That's not to say that there aren't those amongst us that are suffering, unhappy or unwell but I beseech you to all remember - it could probably be a lot worse. This week I am thankful for:

The man that held me up on the tube this morning because I couldn't reach the handles

Having easy access to fresh fruit and veg.. literally on my doorstep in the form of a market

My friends and family support and value me as a person regardless of my gender

I have never had to deal with an illness like Laura did (and so many others do)

Sorry to sound a bit 'preachy', but I'm guilty of grumbling about the heat on the underground, or people walking too slowly in front of me, or being annoyed because my avocados aren't ripe yet. The truth is the rant was more at myself than anyone else, I needed to give myself a sharp reminder of how lucky I am. What little things are you thankful for this week?
Love Lisette x

{ pinspired } granola bars

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

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One thing about living like a grown up is that you are not just responsible for making your own dinner.. you also have to be prepared to make all the meals in between. As a grazer I love the idea of making up a batch of granola bars on a sunday or monday to last me through the week. In the hope that I will inspire myself enough to actually make them here are 4 of my favourites.. do any of you have any particularly good/ chewy / delicious recipes?
Love Lisette x